Alongside the announcement of the Apple Watch Series 5 yesterday, Apple has now updated the price on some of its high-end leather and metallic bands.

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Specifically, the original $149 price tag of Leather Loop and Milanese Loop Apple Watch bands has now dropped to $99. This means that they're only $50 more expensive than Apple's cheapest Sport Bands and Sport Loops, which cost $49.

Leather Loop is now available in Meyer Lemon, Black, and Saddle Brown; it only fits 44mm Apple Watch cases. Milanese Loop is available in Silver, Gold, and Space Black; it can fit both 40mm and 44mm cases.

Apple has not dropped the price of the Modern Buckle any further, although at $149 it is still $100 cheaper than it initially was at launch. Hermès bands are as much as $539, and the Silver Link Bracelet is $349, while the Space Black Link Bracelet is $449.

More information about the new Apple Watch Series 5 can be found in our full launch post on the new wearable.

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Top Rated Comments

matt_and_187_like_this Avatar
35 months ago
Actually, if you go into the apple studio and design your series 5, you can upgrade to the Milanese loop for just $50 more.
My faith in humanity has been lost in this forum.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
justiny Avatar
35 months ago
MacRumors news forum members complain of Apple’s prices, insist TC is evil and demand his exit from the company.

Apple cuts prices.

MacRumors news forum members continue to complain of Apple’s prices, insist TC is evil and demand his exit from the company.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zxxv Avatar
35 months ago
Apple tweaked it so that the clasp DOES come out completely. The original Milanese clasp can’t fully come out (which I prefer). Not sure why they changed it.
So it would lay flat on the AirPower charging mat...

...oh But haha
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PickUrPoison Avatar
35 months ago
My faith in humanity has been lost in this forum.
If a $50 Apple watch band triggers you, the $539 Hermès band would probably cause a complete collapse. :eek: Medic!!

:D
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
User 6502 Avatar
35 months ago
If a $50 Apple watch band triggers you, the $539 Hermès band would probably cause a complete collapse. :eek: Medic!!

:D
I suspect the lost faith is due to the fact that replacing the default $49 band with a $99 band of course costs ‘just’ $50, so there isn’t any discount or reason to be surprised. It’s just basic maths.
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Something amazing is happening at Apple, price cuts on the iPhone 11 (vs XR), price cuts on two amazing watch bands, and very affordable pricing on Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. I need to use this to my advantage. ;)
all it’s happening is that sales are down and they need to lower prices. About time.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
justiny Avatar
35 months ago
I found the Milanese loop on Amazon for $15 to be adequate... is the quality on Apple's that much higher?
I have some genuine bands and a ton of Amazon and eBay knock offs. In my experience, the knock offs are always adequate in the beginning but do not age well. They just don’t have the same quality of the genuine ones. Of course, YMMV.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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